Erik Blythe
Owner, Executive Producer, Host
Shows: RandomChatter, Echo Base, The Crash Couch
Prior Shows: The Escape Hatch, LostChatter, Movie Survival Guide, AppChatter, The Pause Button, Trailer Trash Talk, DeadChatter, MovieChatter

Erik’s been around since the very early days of podcasting, and he was the recipient of the 2005 People’s Choice Podcast Award in the “Movies/Film” category for his podcast at TheForce.net. He remember the early struggles of podcasting, including the fight to get podcasts into the iTunes store. He also likes to lament about having to walk to school uphill both ways in the snow…

He loves Star Wars, Babylon 5, Firefly, Battlestar Galactica, and more. He strongly favors science fiction over fantasy. His favorite books are Ender’s Game and Ready Player One.

He hates writing about himself almost as much as he hates referring to himself in the third person — however, if you contact him via the “Contact Us” page, he’d be more than happy to answer any questions.

Lou Secki
Executive Producer, Host
Shows: RandomChatter, Echo Base, The Sabacc Table, The Crash Couch
Prior Shows: The Escape Hatch, LostChatter, AppChatter, The Pause Button

Lou started filling in as a guest host on LostChatter back during season 5 of the show and soon became a regular host along side Erik, Joe & Nathan. He then became a regular host on the AppChatter show in 2010. With the relaunch of the RandomChatter network in 2011 Lou’s role evolved to include editing and producing shows (yes, basically grunt work).

Lou’s somewhat random background makes him a good fit with the RandomChatter network. What’s that old saying, “jack of all trades, master of none”? Well, there you go. When he’s not at the computer, he’s usually on his mountain bike or behind his camera. Lou’s completest nature (let’s not mince words and call it what it really is—OCD) forces him to watch all episodes of a TV series once started, even when it’s not very good.

Chris McGuffin
Communications Director, Host
Shows: RandomChatter, Echo Base, Outer Rim, ChordCast, The Crash Couch, Chasing Fandom

Chris McGuffin is a podcaster and social media/PR director for the RandomChatter Network. Having previously worked on the GoalChatter Radio Show in 2013 and the ForceCast Network in 2015-2016, Chris is currently a co-host on Echo Base, The ChordCast, RandomChatter, and The Outer Rim. Chris is an avid Star Wars fan and has contributed to the popular fan site, TheForce.net, and provided coverage of Celebration 2015 for them. He has also previously written for SquareSound and Square-Enix Music Online. Some of Chris’ other interests include Doctor Who, buying too many vinyl records (and trying to convince Joelle that he does not have a problem), history, film in general (especially old movies) and reading. You can find him on Twitter @thecurseofchris and by e-mail at chris@randomchatter.com.

jayJay Shepard
Producer, Host
Shows: RandomChatter, Green Justice, Agents of SHIELD: Case Files, Scarlet Velocity

Having grown up on comics, television and film, “Jovial” Jay feels destined to host podcast related to the union of these nerdy pursuits. He made his first appearance on the network as a guest on LostChatter, and eventually graduated to become a co-host of RandomChatter.

Among his other pursuits he dabbles in database production and web design for fun, administrates and edits stories at the two largest Star Wars fan sites on the ‘net (Rebelscum.com, TheForce.net) and maintains a list of every film and television property that was ever created from Comic Books over at RogueDesigner.net.

Jay also co-hosts Jedi Journals over at the ForceCast Network.

joshJosh Stolte
Host
Shows: Green Justice, Agents of SHIELD: Case Files, Scarlet Velocity

Josh is a teacher…part time. Hanging around kids at school since 1997 has proven that he never really matured past the 5th grade (which he now teaches). He was a caricature artist for 24 years at “The World’s Most Exciting Restaurant”, Casa Bonita (see South Park, season 7 episode 11)

In 2013 he fulfilled a dream of illustrating children’s books. Something he hopes to continue long into the future. And sometimes he dabbles in video editing, podcasting, parenting, and collecting everything ever made, with the words “Star” and “Wars” on it.

Josh also co-hosts Techno-Retro Dads over at the Shotglass Digital network.

templetonMike Templeton
Host
Shows: The Retro Convo, The Sabacc Table, Ghost Stories: A Rebels Podcast, Outer Rim

Gamer, Puppeteer, Nerd, Certified Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Expert. Just a few words and more to describe Mike Templeton. With a passionate love of late 80s-early 90s games, comics, toys, movies, and cartoons, Mike brings a unique knowledge of useless trivia that he won’t shut up about.

A regular on the Southern California con scene, Mike has been attending various shows and events for 15 years as a cosplayer, guest, or a general fanboy.

You can usually find him at home on one of his video game consoles or at Disneyland. An avid Star Wars fan, Mike was part of the ForceCast Network on their gaming podcast, “The Sabacc Table”, and continues that show as part of the RandomChatter Network.

In the past, Mike was a field correspondent for KFWB, covering San Diego Comic Con and other entertainment news on the “Phil Hulett and Friends” show as well as a writer for geeksaresexy.net.

Follow Mike on Twitter at @ItsTheRocketeer
and on Twitch at twitch.tv/itstherocketeer

raulg_500pxRaul Gonzalez
Host
Shows: The Retro Convo

I grew up loving all things comic books, movies, television, etc. With all these interests you think it’d be easy to find like-minded people to share in these interests. When you’re younger, yes, but as one gets older, tastes and interests change. I am sad to say as I grew up I acted like I wasn’t into these things. However, a trip to San Diego about 8 years ago rekindled that love I tried to deny for so long. I was back in a big bad way! I now collect toys and comics and enjoy everything pop culture has to offer.

Here is a little personal info: I am married with two wonderful stepdaughters, and I got some amazing nieces and nephews brothers and sisters. My favorite reads include The Killing Joke and To Kill a Mockingbird. Favorite movies Godfather and Spaceballs. Favorite toy line Mattel He-Man Line and Hasbro Black Series 6 inch Star Wars line. Favorite cartoon as a kid He-Man and Batman the Animated series. What else about Ol’ Raul? Well, just ask. I love to discuss all things and don’t mind a heated exchange of ideas.

Follow Raul on Twitter @thelonius99

ernieg_500pxErnie Garcia
Host
Shows: The Retro Convo, Ghost Stories: A Rebels Podcast

As an Orange County native, Ernie’s love for Disney started at a young age. From Peter Pan and Pinocchio, to The Wonderful World of Disney, to Disney Afternoon cartoons, his love for the Mouse keeps him returning to the Parks on a regular basis. Adam West’s Batman was also a childhood favorite (which explains his cheesy, campy humor!) But it wasn’t until Ernie discovered Star Wars that his inner geek launched with A New Hope – that poor VHS tape never stood a chance.Ernie received his first guitar at the age of 14. His passion for music has evolved into a love for recording and production. After meeting the other 3 hoodlums at different jobs, their friendships grew and The Retro Convo was born.

Follow Ernie on Twitter @ErnieTRC

randyf_500pxRandy Falcon
Host
Shows: The Retro Convo

Growing up in Southern California I have always made my interest in movies, tv, and video games known. Having been a kid when after school shows and cartoons were at their peak I was hooked on shows like Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, Are You Afraid of the Dark, Batman: The animated series and Beast Wars. Some of my favorite movies are Star Wars IV-VII, Back to the Future, Tombstone, Kill Bill, and Batman but the list can go on.

After meeting Ernie and Raul, I started to rekindle a love for comic books and am always looking for recommended reading. I have always loved talking about these things which has only fueled my passion to help create The Retro Convo and since our first show we’ve wanted to share that passion.

Follow Randy on Twitter @trc_randy

Joelle Alexander
Host
Shows: The ChordCast

Hello! My name is Joelle Alexander, and I co-host with Chris on the ChordCast! I’m a junior marketing major at the great Boise State University. I love horses, music, and going to shows (of both kinds!). My horse is named Diablo, and he’s the sun to my sky. There’s a good chance that if I’m not riding, I’m at a rock show. My music taste stretches from Frank Sinatra to Beartooth to Owl City and back to Silverstein. Warped Tour is my summer equivalent of Christmas, and I have traveled over 30,000 miles total for concerts. Swing by my Twitter, Instagram, or Snapchat and say hi! All of my handles are xJoelleMae. See you around at a show, and stay rad!

lindseyLindsey Cepak
Host
Shows: Ghost Stories: A Rebels Podcast, Outer Rim

Lindsey has a boring job by day and is the Editor in Chief of the geek website When Nerds Attack by night. She was raised in a sci-fi household, and her mother put her hair in Leia buns the moment it was long enough to do so. Despite it being declared dead, the Legacy EU is her jam, with all the weird stuff thrown in (Ikrit, anyone?). She also loves Dune, Star Trek, and A Song of Ice and Fire.
You’ll find her haunting conventions cosplaying, or running around with a camera in her hand.
Follow her at:
twitter: @bettiebloodshed
@sdccnerdsattack
Instagram: @bettiebloodshed

Joel Welch
Manager of the RCN Twitter Account

Twitter provocateur for RCN, EB, and OR podcasts. Guinness drinker. Glad the whole j-school thing paid off. Otherwise employed in an “important” government job. Canadian (and American too, thanks mom!). Find me on Twitter at: @joel_welch.

derek-headshotDerek Beebe
Manager of the RCN Facebook Account

Derek Beebe’s first published story is in the 2015 fantasy anthology TALES OF FORTANNIS: A BARD DAY’S KNIGHT. A full length novel , TALES OF FORTANNIS: IT’S A WONDERFUL DEATH, was released in 2016, and a second short story in 2016’s TALES OF FORTANNIS: A BARD ACT TO FOLLOW.  He majored in History and Education and once spent all of four months teaching high school history and economics. He lives in Pennsylvania and spends far too much of his life on television, movies, and books. His website is www.derekbeebe.com

img_0159Keri Simpson
Web Master

I am a Burbank, California native, bibliophile, cook, Aikidoka, gamer and incurable geek.  When I’m not working my “day job”, I can usually be found throwing people across a room or gaming or with my nose in a book.

I also have an unhealthy obsession with Star Wars, Star Trek, Stargate… ok, ok!  I’m obsessed with most things Sci-Fi and/or fantasy.  Also Douglas Adams, vampires, dragons, vikings, swords…  You get the general idea.